Five million pound boat catches fire in East Cowes
A huge fire broke out on board a luxury motor cruiser in East Cowes Marina yesterday (Tuesday 5th Nov) and the boat ended up sinking 10 hours after the fire was reported.
The Isle of Wight (IOW) Fire and Rescue crew were called to the marina around 1pm after smoke was reported to have been billowing from the boat.
The boat in question, was reported to have been called Kahu and was the largest in the marina. It was moored up close to the Lifeboat pub and luckily no-one was aboard during the fire.
Kahu was a 25 meter motor cruiser with three decks, and is believed to have been on sale for between four and five million pounds.
Over 30 firefighters tackled the blaze, using five pumps, however, despite their best efforts, the boat sank at around 11pm, according to the Isle of Wight County Press Online.
According to a spokesperson from the IOW Fire and Rescue Service, The Harbour Commission has taken responsibility for the incident, including the cleanup of oil and any other chemicals which could have leaked into the water.
The IOW Fire and Rescue Service incident commander, Justin Harden, was reported to have said: “We are working with a number of partner agencies, including the Environment Agency which is managing the environmental impact of the fire."
Here is a video of the boat on fire...